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James B.


Washington, DC
Hometown: New Rochelle, NY

Member since:

October 27, 2011

What else would you like to tell our group about yourself?

Retired Foreign Service Officer and Humanitarian Relief Official. Frequent visitor to Italy.Last American Ambassador to Somalia. Grew up with Italian speakers but never formally studied the language. Student of history. Africanist Enjoy Italian culture, food and art. Enjoy outdoor activities. Recently lost wife.

How did you learn about our group?

On the Internet

What is your favorite Italian book, author, film, song, musician, food and/or city?

Carlo Levi: Christ Stopped at Ebouli, Garden of the Finzi Contini, Andrea Bocelli, Chianti, Florence

At what level do you speak Italian and do you speak other languages?

Restaurant Italian only, Speak fluent French and studied Latin in school. Studied Hausa and Arabic on foreign assignments but not fluent in either.

What kind of events would you most enjoy?

No answer yet


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What James B. is saying about this Meetup Group

Have been to a few events but have not met other members. Will do so Monday when I attend my first Italian language class.

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